By Peter Day
A new music program and Victorville Motors' "It's a Gas to Go to Class" incentive program are helping boost school district attendance rates, according to Superintendent Suzette Davis.
Four years ago, when Davis was named Lucerne Valley Unified School District superintendent, the district's attendance rate was 93.2 percent. The first year of "It's a Gas" the rate rose to 95.8 percent followed by 96.6 percent in 2013-14. For 2014-15, the attendance has risen to 97.5 percent.
By Caroline Lieber
Special to the Leader
Jo Richards and the Roadrunners are celebrating a milestone this week. May 1 marked the running of the 15th annual Worm Race.
“Jo Richards is in charge,” said Shirley Robinson, a first-time volunteer at the event.
“Did you bring your water bottle?” asked Robin McCartney. “I sure did,” said Robinson, as she presented her bottle. “The water bottles are to spritz the worms, it helps keep them moving,” added Esther Navarrete, another long-time worm race assistant.
KEN 4 ZAK OUTLET: The Lucerne Valley Chamber of Commerce and others were on hand for last Saturday's grand opening of the Kenz 4 Zak Outlet Store in the Lucerne Valley Shopping Center. The store carries a wide assortment of items and is open daily. Kenz 4 Zak Outlet is located at 32800 Old Woman Springs Road. For more information, call 760-248-1085. Peter Day / The Leader
A backhoe driver digs dirt at the site of a future Dollar General store in Lucerne Valley. Located at 32510 Highway 18, the variety store is expected to open next fall. PETER DAY / THE LEADER
By Peter Day
LUCERNE VALLEY — Dollar General Corp. recently began construction on a 9,100-square-foot store at 32510 Highway 18 in Lucerne Valley. The location is near the Lucerne Valley U.S. Post Office.
The Lucerne Valley Mustang baseball team has two more games left on its regular season schedule.
The Mustangs played its final home game on Tuesday. (Results of the game were unavailable by press time). Prior to Tuesday's game against Victor Valley Christian, the Mustangs were were 5-10 overall with an Agape League record of 3-5.
Lucerne Valley goes to Hesperia Christian on Friday and ends its season at Bethel Christian in Lancaster on Thursday, May 14. The Mustangs hope to avenge earlier losses to their opponents in their final two games.
The Mustangs' 2015 roster:
The Tuesday, May 5 meeting of the Lucerne Valley Economic Development Association will feature a roundtable discussion. The focus of the discussion is the types of economically beneficial projects residents want in Lucerne Valley and what is consistent with the rural lifestyle.
Attendees will help LVEDA make a list to submit to the County and others for assistance, possible grant funding, and maybe amendments to the Community Plan.
By Peter Day
and Caroline Lieber
Cindy Lupica had been pregnant before. She had three healthy children, after relatively uncomplicated pregnancies. When she became pregnant a fourth time, she had no idea that her seemingly typical pregnancy would become a fight for her life.
The pregnancy seemed to be progressing normally, but at about 5-6 months gestation she began experiencing numerous strong contractions, which she knew were not normal.
“After three children, I pretty much knew the difference,” she said.